Minneapolis Food Lover’s Tour

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Great eats in great Minneapolis neighborhoods

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Minneapolis is a little slice of heaven for food lovers. Here, chefs and restaurants regularly pile up James Beard Awards the way snow piles up in February.  And, new eateries seem to open their doors every week.  That’s one reason why Minneapolis ranks as a hot destination for curious foodies any the time of year.

One of the best things about the Minneapolis food scene is that so many exciting new restaurants are taking root out in the city’s neighborhoods.  These creative, casual eateries make perfect starting points from which to explore the city, to meet its people and taste the various cultures they represent.  

In Minneapolis, food lovers may also explore interesting ethnic markets, wander shops with all kinds of cooking supplies and take classes to learn how to make their favorite cuisine.  Here’s a whirlwind tour of a few favorite destinations for food lovers in Minneapolis.

Day 1 in Minneapolis


Take your pick of farmers markets such as the Mill City Farmers Market or the Minneapolis Farmers Market.  Meet a few of the folks that grow food.  You may want to get breakfast and eat in the middle of the market

Then, explore the Mill City Museum, adjacent to the Mill City Farmers Market, to see where the famed food companies Pillsbury and General Mills got their start.  

Later, head over to Nordic Ware in the nearby suburb of St. Louis Park.  Nordic Ware  invented the Bundt Pan and offers a huge array of pans and other cookware, often at discount prices.


Eat lunch at Esker Grove, tour the Walker Art Center and explore it’s outdoor Sculpture Garden.  Then, head to the Uptown neighborhood to visit Kitchen Window,  a mecca for cooking supplies and classes.  Afterward, head over to Bread and Pickle on Lake Harriet and ride bikes around Minneapolis’s famous Chain of Lakes.


Choose between a cooking class at Cooks of Crocus Hill in the North Loop or visit one of the city’s most acclaimed eateries, Spoon and Stable. 

Day 2


Enjoy breakfast at your hotel (or on the weekend) brunch at Hola Arepa in South Minneapolis.  Then, cruise Lake Street which has long been a place where each new wave of immigrants to Minnesota sets up shops and restaurants.  Travel along this street to visit some of the city’s oldest—Ingebretsen’s—and newest shops and eateries, especially at Midtown Global Market.


Head to northeast Minneapolis, affectionately known at “Nordeast.”  Enjoy a Mediterranean dinner at Costa Blanca.  Or, for a more casual experience, enjoy craft beer and gourmet burgers at Surly Destination Brewery.  

Where to Stay in Minneapolis

Among the city’s many hotel options, Loews offers a luxury stay downtown while the seven boutique hotel rooms over Restaurant Alma provide an unusual experience for foodies.

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